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26 May 2017

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko

MINSK, 26 May (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited a secondary school in Minsk on 26 May. The head of state talked about qualities of a true leader and encouraged the school students to appreciate the time they have, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko said: “As the head of state it is my job to pay attention to the younger generation because I see tomorrow in you.”

Alexander Lukashenko underlined that leadership qualities are needed in various spheres including the management of a country or the management of an individual enterprise. “You can be leaders in labor collectives, too. A true leader is more than a manager of a large enterprise, a city administration, a district administration, a central government, more than the country’s president. A true leader always leads people, too. I hope a lot you are this kind of people,” noted the head of state.

The president said he was confident that the young people will be able to achieve the goals they set out to reach. “All the conditions have been enabled in the country for your walk in life to be a success. The existing education system allows choosing your profession wisely and realize the skills you have,” noted the head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko also advised the school students not to waste their time. “Everything needs to be done when the time is right. If you don’t do something now — get educated, build the foundation of your life as a whole — tomorrow will be too late.”

“Life now is different from the life your teachers or I had. It was calmer in the past. Now life is terribly intensive. If you lose a year, you will not be able to catch up later on. You simply will not have the time for it. Your peers will move forward by then,” stressed the Belarusian leader.

The president remarked he was sincerely glad to have this conversation, partially because the visit helped him recall the years when he was a school student and the years when he was a teacher. He said he wanted the school students to speak their minds about various matters starting with participation in public life, what they do on the sixth school day, and ending with when their studies begin every day.

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